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General 21 Apr '17 13:23
  1. SubscriberPonderable
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    21 Apr '17 13:23
    Just found that gem by Emma Lazarus. Would she have written the same today?

    Not like the brazen giant of Greek
    fame,
    With conquering limbs astride
    from land to land;
    Here at our sea-washed, sunset
    gates shall stand
    A mighty woman with a torch,
    whose flame
    Is the imprisoned lightning, and
    her name
    Mother of Exiles. From her
    beacon-hand
    Glows world-wide welcome; her
    mild eyes command
    The air-bridged harbor that twin
    cities frame.
  2. Unknown Territories
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    22 Apr '17 23:36
    Originally posted by Ponderable
    Just found that gem by Emma Lazarus. Would she have written the same today?

    Not like the brazen giant of Greek
    fame,
    With conquering limbs astride
    from land to land;
    Here at our sea-washed, sunset
    gates shall stand
    A mighty woman with a torch,
    whose flame
    Is the imprisoned lightning, and
    her name
    Mother of Exiles ...[text shortened]... ide welcome; her
    mild eyes command
    The air-bridged harbor that twin
    cities frame.
    The next few lines...

    "Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
    With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"


    indicate she was a helpless romantic.
    Even then, at the time of her writing, such was not the case in the US, which had already been given over to the powerful, the elite.

    Our story looks absolutely riveting on paper, but the reality is, the experiment was doomed from the start, no matter how much it was dressed up as a republic by, for the people.
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    22 Apr '17 23:461 edit
    Thank you for that. I can't ever remember hearing that at school though feel I would have.